Five years ago I had an idea to make a film about electronic music culture. Since then that idea has evolved and grown into the documentary feature film called I/O: An Electronic Music Documentary.
I chose the computing term I/O as the title because it is defined as the communication between an information processing system (such as a computer), and the outside world (such as a person). It is a direct reflection of the relationship between electronic music and the people that connect with it.
This film presents a thorough examination of the cultural anthropology behind electronic music. Music has the ability to push the boundaries of one’s perception, emotion, and attitude. But how far? The 60’s rock movement and 80’s metal scene saw a lot of that, but they weren’t dancing in the desert to pulsating bass until the sun came up for days on end. Are we destined to become a generation of deaf people? What’s with all the drug use? Do these soundscapes really fuel radical thinking communities?
We are now hearing completely new sounds we’ve never heard before. Humanity has embraced music and dance culture since the dawn of time, but today the word DJ has taken on a whole new meaning. I/O invites its audience to strap into the real rave experience and feel the power electronic music has over its listeners.
Throughout my journey making this film I've had the pleasure of picking the brains of these talented performing artists:
DJ Numark and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5
Dub Fx & Flower Fairy
Mat the Alien
Boreta of the Glitch Mob
The Funk Hunters
Jeremy Bridge of PK Sound
Ash Pearson of Three Inches of Blood
and many more...
I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE...
Electronic music and its culture has had a profound effect on my life; I believe it shifts consciousness and lifestyle in ways that are completely distinct to other music genres. Not everyone agrees, so I figured I'd find out for sure by making the most elaborate film I have ever attempted in my career as a filmmaker. So elaborate, that I also felt the need to spend over five years capturing its true authenticity. I've interviewed over 200 people from all walks of life across North America for this project. I've filmed at hundreds of live dance events and music festivals. I/O has shown me thrill, angst, frustration, anticipation, failure, victory...everything. I spent a long time asking myself if what I had captured on film was worthy of representing this culture. A good friend helped me see that it was more than enough.
Greatly inspired, I made the difficult decision of quitting my full time job to concentrate all my efforts into the completion and release of I/O, and the short film The Shambhala Experience (a documentary that centres around one of the music festivals I filmed at). The Shambhala Experience showcases what Shambhala Music Festival means to its attendees, as well as the art of dance, today's fascination with bass music, and other qualities of festival culture which will be explored more in depth in I/O. More info can be found on my website:
With The Shambhala Experience having completed its first theatrical tour throughout six cities last summer and now available to own via a $10 pledge to this campaign, its release has given viewers a taste of what's to come with I/O. The reception so far has been nothing short of amazing; never have I experienced so much love and enthusiasm for anything I have created thus far as an artist.
With your help, I can achieve the quality documentation that this music culture deserves. I want I/O to be one of the most influential, timeless and culturally accurate electronic music documentaries ever made. Your involvement will give me the tools needed to accomplish this.
I NEED YOU BECAUSE...
Dreams can be expensive...especially when that dream is a feature film. So far I have financed this project completely on my own, but I can no longer afford to do this alone. Crowdfunding allows me to raise funding with people like you to make this movie possible.
YOU CAN HELP BY...
- Backing I/O. Any contribution, large or small, goes a long way and is greatly appreciated!
- Spreading the word by posting a link to our Kickstarter campaign page (iodocumentary.com) on your website, blog, or social network, and/or sharing our press kit with journalists you know:
- Following I/O on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram
- Downloading our Facebook banner and posting it as your cover photo:
- Checking out http://inputoutputfilm.com for more things that you can easily share to create awareness about I/O
- Telling the world why my story resonated with you or why you care about this movie being made by sending a direct email to someone including our Kickstarter campaign link: iodocumentary.com.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO...
- Music Licensing
- Sound Editing
- Graphic Design and Compositing
- Colour Correction
- Marketing and Promotion
- Legal Fees
If we exceed our goal, additional funds will enable us to:
- film higher production value sequences
- add more quality and range to our soundtrack
- add better animation and graphics
- garner more publicity
- submit to more film festivals
- more screenings in more places
KEVAN MCGOVERN - WRITER, DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Kevan is a seasoned documentary filmmaker with over a decade of experience in the fields of directing, cinematography, and post production. After attending the entrepreneurship program at BCIT, Kevan started his own production company called Reverse Media. Since then he has worked with a diverse number of employers including the 2010 Olympic Games, Telus, CBC Television, and the TV shows Smallville and Continuum. Having created 19 short documentaries, numerous music videos and one web series to date, his current project I/O marks his first feature length film.
HAYDEN BAPTISTE - PRODUCER
Hayden Baptiste is an independent film and music producer, currently working as the president of Wandering Worx Entertainment. He has produced award winning short films, music videos and feature length movies which have aired on networks such as CBC, Bravo and Much Music. He has also worked as an Associate Producer on the Hallmark network's made for TV movie '3 Weeks 3 Kids' and The Movie Network's 'Confined'. Most recently, Hayden produced a sci-fi thriller short called 'Leave Us Alone' which he is currently developing into a feature length film. Leave Us Alone was accepted into the 2013 Screamfest festival in Los Angeles which is known for launching the film Paranormal Activity. Hayden is also an accomplished music producer and composer. He broke into the music industry after being scouted by Long Island rapper Kool Kim of the legendary group The UMC's. He has produced tracks and directed videos featuring established rap artists such as Brother Ali, Jasiri X, Rhymefest, Chuck D and Planet Asia. In 2009, Hayden was selected among thousands of submissions to compete in the Red Bull Big Tune Competition, a U.S. national showcase for music producers.
AARON RIVANDO - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Aaron Rivando began his career in Cinematography after graduating from the Motion Picture Production program at Capilano University in British Columbia in 2007. He has gained the skills he possesses today from working in various departments including lighting, grip and camera. His theoretical and practical knowledge of camera and lighting shines through his work on set as an artistic Cinematographer. His aesthetic, composition, and great eye for natural beauty is unsurpassed, and keeps him on the leading edge of independent Cinematographers. Aaron’s passion for cinematography and storytelling stems from the opportunity to portray moods and emotions through his work that the audience can strongly connect to.
BRITZ ROBINS - RAVE MOM
Everyone needs a rave mom.
Risks and challenges
With most of principal photography finished, the largest hurdle I face with this project right now is the post production process. I have collected literally hundreds of hours of footage over the past five years and I will need professional assistance in finding my film amongst the giant stacks of data. Graphic design, colour correction, sound design and animation will all be employed to achieve a higher understanding and representation of true electronic music culture. The more funding we receive the more amazing this movie will look, and more importantly, sound.
This leads me to another hurdle: music and location clearances. When you film a music documentary, you face many scenarios where you are unable to achieve clear location audio because of the environment you are documenting. Every guitar riff, every recognizable melody, every sound heard in my film needs to be not only professionally mixed and edited, but cleared of all copyright infringement for use. Same goes for certain filming locations. I wish to present the extravagant events that channel this culture's energy in all their glory, while at the same time being as authentic as possible with the sounds that go along with it.
Another challenge is distribution. I/O does not have a distributor yet. My team right now is small; we're doing this all ourselves. On the other hand, with no distributor I have no one looking over my shoulder telling me what this film is supposed to be. I take great pride in my own style and way of telling a story, but I also value my audience's feedback. I want to know what the fans and supporters feel is important in an electronic music documentary too. Please send any ideas or questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whew. Kudos for you for reading this far. To wrap things up, I hope to create a film that tells a concrete story about today's electronic music culture. A true documentary seeks that same thing...truth. I/O is no exception. In the end, I need to present an honest and legitimate documentary to which people can form their own opinions upon. Know that as a contributor or as someone who simply passes my message along, you have helped create something I feel will be truly remarkable.
I thank you in advance if you can help make this dream a reality.
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